Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid
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PRESIDENT CARTER'S COURAGEOUS ASSESSMENT OF WHAT MUST BE DONE TO BRING PERMANENT PEACE TO ISRAEL WITH DIGNITY AND JUSTICE TO PALESTINE

The crowning achievement of Jimmy Carter's presidency was the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt, and he has continued his public and private diplomacy ever since, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his decades of work for peace, human rights, and international development. He has been a tireless author since then as well, writing bestselling books on his childhood, his faith, and American history and politics, but in Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, he has returned to the Middle East and to the question of Israel's peace with its neighbors--in particular, how Israeli sovereignty and security can coexist permanently and peacefully with Palestinian nationhood.

It's a rare honor to ask questions of a former president, and we are grateful that President Carter was able to take the time in between his work with his wife, Rosalynn, for the Carter Center and Habitat for Humanity and his many writing projects to speak with us about his hopes for the region and his thoughts on the book.

A big thank you to President Carter for granting our request for an interview.


An Interview with President Jimmy Carter

Q: What has been the importance of your own faith in your continued interest in peace in the Middle East?
A: As a Christian, I worship the Prince of Peace. One of my preeminent commitments has been to bring peace to the people who live in the Holy Land. I made my best efforts as president and still have this as a high priority.

Q: A common theme in your years of Middle East diplomacy has been that leaders on both sides have often been more open to discussion and change in private than in public. Do you think that's still the case?
A: Yes. This is why private and intense negotiations can be successful. More accurately, however, my premise has been that the general public (Jewish, Christian, and Muslim) are more eager for peace than their political leaders. For instance, a recent poll done by the Hebrew University in Jerusalem showed that 58% of Israelis and 81% of the Palestinians favor a comprehensive settlement similar to the Roadmap for Peace or the Saudi proposal adopted by all 23 Arab nations and recently promoted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Tragically, there have been no substantive peace talks during the past six years.

Q: How have the war in Iraq and the increased strength of Iran (and the declarations of their leaders against Israel) changed the conditions of the Israel-Palestine question?
A: Other existing or threatened conflicts in the region greatly increase the importance of Israel's having peace agreements with its neighbors, to minimize overall Arab animosity toward both Israel and the United States and reduce the threat of a broader conflict.

Q: Your use of the term "apartheid" has been a lightning rod in the response to your book. Could you explain your choice? Were you surprised by the reaction?
A: The book is about Palestine, the occupied territories, and not about Israel. Forced segregation in the West Bank and terrible oppression of the Palestinians create a situation accurately described by the word. I made it plain in the text that this abuse is not based on racism, but on the desire of a minority of Israelis to confiscate and colonize Palestinian land. This violates the basic humanitarian premises on which the nation of Israel was founded. My surprise is that most critics of the book have ignored the facts about Palestinian persecution and its proposals for future peace and resorted to personal attacks on the author. No one could visit the occupied territories and deny that the book is accurate.

Q: You write in the book that "the peace process does not have a life of its own; it is not self-sustaining." What would you recommend that the next American president do to revive it?
A: I would not want to wait two more years. It is encouraging that President George W. Bush has announced that peace in the Holy Land will be a high priority for his administration during the next two years. On her January trip to the region, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has called for early U.S.-Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. She has recommended the 2002 offer of the Arab nations as a foundation for peace: full recognition of Israel based on a return to its internationally recognized borders. This offer is compatible with official U.S. Government policy, previous agreements approved by Israeli governments in 1978 and 1993, and with the International Quartet's "roadmap for peace." My book proposes that, through negotiated land swaps, this "green line" border be modified to permit a substantial number of Israelis settlers to remain in Palestine. With strong U.S. pressure, backed by the U.N., Russia, and the European Community, Israelis and Palestinians would have to come to the negotiating table.

1/18/2007

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From Publishers Weekly
The term "good-faith" is almost inappropriate when applied to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a bloody struggle interrupted every so often by negotiations that turn out to be anything but honest. Nonetheless, thirty years after his first trip to the Mideast, former President Jimmy Carter still has hope for a peaceful, comprehensive solution to the region's troubles, delivering this informed and readable chronicle as an offering to the cause. An engineer of the 1978 Camp David Accords and 2002 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Carter would seem to be a perfect emissary in the Middle East, an impartial and uniting diplomatic force in a fractured land. Not entirely so. Throughout his work, Carter assigns ultimate blame to Israel, arguing that the country's leadership has routinely undermined the peace process through its obstinate, aggressive and illegal occupation of territories seized in 1967. He's decidedly less critical of Arab leaders, accepting their concern for the Palestinian cause at face value, and including their anti-Israel rhetoric as a matter of course, without much in the way of counter-argument. Carter's book provides a fine overview for those unfamiliar with the history of the conflict and lays out an internationally accepted blueprint for peace.
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Customer Reviews:

  • Superb book
    The book is an excellent reading. What else do you expect from a person who has put his reputation on the line to address the Palestinian humanitarian crisis. An issue that has seen a one sided treatment by the media (in favor of Israel) for decades resulting in further injustice to the Palestinian people....more info
  • anti-Semitism thinly cloaked
    Carter has been the voice of the extreme left - Israel haters. When you have accomplished little and crave the spot light, what better way that to find a cause that will garner the adoration of the multitude haters of Israel around the world, the left-wing media, and the growing radical Jihad movement?
    Carter's book is yet another platform for spewing his hateful agenda. Don't waste your money... unless you're looking for more material to bolster and justify your anti-Semitic rhetoric.
    ...more info
  • Palestine History
    Jimmy Carter is, in my judgment, the ultimate American analyst of the middle east and his book gives both sides of the dispute with emphasis on the Palestinian side. Excellent work. ...more info
  • Good overview of Arab-Israeli relations
    Gives a good overview of Arab-Israeli relations since 1948 with an emphasis crucial barriers to peace. The first book written by a prominent figure to focus on the suffering of the Palestinians....more info
  • Must read for all
    President Carter dares to say what the media, politicians and others refuse to discuss. A must read for all who want unbiased, current information on a very important subject....more info
  • Lopsided struggle in the world's anger cauldron
    Tireless peacemaker Jimmy Carter promised while running for president before 1976 to work for peace in the Middle East, and long after his presidency ended he has been consistently keeping his promise. By reaching out, by meeting with top leaders and players to this recurring Middle Eastern drama, by speaking with common people including Palestinians, by his steadfast and unwavering diplomatic efforts, and by writing this tough, fair, open-minded and heart wrenching book, he has demonstrated repeatedly his commitment to peace. He is a peacemaker extraordinaire.

    That three continents join in a dangerous intersection practically guarantees conflict. Palestine is caught between two cradles of civilization -- the Nile and the Tigris/Euphrates regions -- has seen plenty of bloodshed throughout history, and will probably continue to do so as long as mankind roams the planet. Various groups have fought over this land since time immemorial. And today it is still a war cauldron, an "incubator of terrorism" as the former president writes, in which Israelis hunger for Arab land, and Palestinians hate Israelis. There are no easy solutions. Nevertheless, Jimmy Carter believes large swaths of both peoples hunger for peace, and he advocates a blueprint: (1) Israel's right to exist must be acknowledged within recognized borders (he prefers the 1949-1967 border lines) (2) stop killing of noncombatants (3) Palestinians must live in peace and dignity in their own land. Jimmy Carter wants peace through international law, free speech, self-determination, equal treatment, freedom from military domination.

    Jimmy Carter outlines the history of the conflict, even back to biblical times, but focuses on the last half century. He recounts meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials, as well as with important players throughout the region.

    His account is a strong indictment of US foreign policy which has been inconsistent, sometimes hypocritical, ineffective, and has aroused strong anger throughout the Arab region while achieving little benefit. He criticizes "...Washington's strange policy that dialog on controversial issues is a privilege to be extended only as a reward for subservient behavior and withheld from those who reject US demands". The Bush II administration practically abandoned a peace effort which Jimmy Carter clearly views as a mistake. He outlines the dispute in terms of numbers, major agreements, setbacks, and important events. Israel has two main factions -- a hardline, militant, expansionist group (Likud party), and a peace-loving, treaty-abiding, more affluent group (Labor party).

    But the undeniable picture that emerges is a pattern of consistent bullying by Israelis. It's a lopsided struggle. Palestinians have few rights, are denied permits to travel and work, are treated collectively as terrorists, have scant access to Israeli lawyers or courts. Their homes are bulldozed, confiscated. Their fruit trucks are blocked at entry points for days until the cargo perishes. Their olive trees are cut down in droves, their water diverted, their schools & universities closed, their grounds covered in untreated sewage, their library books are censored. And the pattern is increased expansion of Israeli settlements and a consistent policy of harassment of Palestinians who are treated as foreigners in their own land.

    A case could be made that Gaza, a small strip of Palestinian land on the Mediterranean, is the world's largest prison, as reporter Bob Simon said recently. Per capita income in Gaza has declined 40% during the past three years; 70% live in poverty; workers are prevented from going to outside jobs; police and teachers are deprived of salaries. Gaza is extremely crowded with over 3,700 people per square kilometer. The most recent Israeli hostility has been to build a huge, meandering wall in the West Bank which cuts off many Palestinians from each other; the Palestinian town of Bethlehem is practically encircled. A UN court in July 2004 determined the wall was "illegal" but it is still being built under the pretext of keeping out suicide bombers. What will happen? "It is obvious that the Palestinians will be left with no territory to establish a viable state, but completely enclosed within the barrier and the occupied Jordan valley", he writes. It also cuts off 200,000 Palestinians in Jerusalem from their relatives. His word is apt: apartheid.

    Coverage in US media tends to be highly skewed in favor of Israel. Most of the Israeli abuse goes under the radar, while the occasional Arab suicide bomber makes headlines. For example, in July 2006, Hamas militants captured an Israeli soldier, and the massive bombardment and re-invasion by Israel's military was a lopsided response to this aggression. So most Americans who aren't paying attention may easily conclude that the fighting in the Middle East is balanced, shrug their shoulders, and return to a state of cluelessness. He writes "...most American citizens are unaware of circumstances in the occupied territories". And America, indirectly, supports much of this atrocity by siding with Israel in international bodies such as the United Nations as well as providing aid.

    As an American, I see Jimmy Carter's book as confirmation that American democracy is broken, dysfunctional, distorted. That American foreign policy has been so unthinking over such a long time suggests that the flaw isn't with one or two errant administrations, but that the foreign policy architecture itself is flawed. I think the flaws are deep, systemic, structural. Americans are not really citizens anymore; clearly, in this instance, Americans are not paying attention. The only political participation is voting for president (see Dana D. Nelson's excellent "Bad for Democracy"). Congress is corrupt; over 90% of incumbents win re-election. And the federal system has broken down, since Washington has usurped the power of individual state governments to regulate their respective economies. The only solution, in my view, is to craft an alternative Constitution. So I have summoned over 100 of America's brightest and most knowledgeable thinkers as well as persons with the power, celebrity, and media savvy to cause change, to Independence Hall in Philadelphia beginning July 4, 2009, to craft an alternative Constitution, based on the current one, to fix flaws including the foreign policy function, and for this document to be voted on by the public at a later date.

    Jimmy Carter has shown time and again that he is one of the most enlightened, caring, and intelligent Americans, and I am inviting him to be a delegate to this Convention, and I hope he decides to attend. Last, I offer a solution to the problem of terrorism in my book (below) and challenge every thinker to debate the merits of my proposed, non-partisan strategy.

    Thomas W. Sulcer
    author of "Common Sense II: How to Prevent the Three Types of Terrorism" (Amazon)
    ...more info
  • Absolute Drivel
    This bargain book is absolute drivel. Jimmy Carter demonstrates to the world that he is not an astute expert on the Middle East situation. Instead he appears to be an appeaser and a panderer....more info
  • A Refreshing Statement from an American Politician
    Jimmy Carter's book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" is a very refreshing statement when one realizes that virtually no comments of this nature have been uttered previously by an American political figure of this stature. He clearly supports a two state system as a solution for solving the decades old issue of conflict between Palestine and Isreal. His historical timeline is carefully, skillfully and accurately crafted even to the point of exposing the United States as a major factor in the continuation of this struggle, often in devious ways. His stature as a world statesman is significantly enhanced by his bold assertion of both the dangers in continuing present conflicts and the hope that still remains if facts are faced and the "people of the land" on both sides are heard with appropriate response. This is not a book to be treated casually. It is a marvelous product of an unselfish and giving proponent of peace. It is easy to see why so many persons who turn a blind eye to Israel's continued breaking of international law and the United States looking the other way would be enraged. ...more info
  • Great work.
    Well written and researched by the man who did some amazing work for peace in the Middle East. Despite unsupported critcism from those who have an agenda, this is a brave and honest history of peace and betrayal in the Middle East.
    Well worth reading if you want the truth about why the unrest continues.
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  • Dont't waste your money



    Carter's book is yet another platform for spewing his hateful agenda. Don't waste your money... unless you're looking for more material to bolster and justify your anti-Semitic rhetoric. ...more info
  • An objective and unbiased review of the Is-Pal situation.
    This book provides a history of the Palestine- Israel region reflecting the claims of both sides. It is fair despite the anti-Semetic slur against it by zealots. Few objective observers can question the unbiased intentions of Jimmy Carter who shows the problems and claims of both sides fairly. He also reveals the agreements that have been violated and the delicate nature of peace diplomacy.
    In light of the latest Gaza conflict, it is must reading for Americans and others who wish to see the Is-Pal matter resoved and our war on terrorism to succeed. ...more info
  • Excellent narrative of the modern-day Apartheid
    I bought the audio version of this book read by the author himself. I have to say I am very impressed and shocked at the same time as this is the first time I heard a prominent US figure narrates the truth, with fairness and long overdue recognition of the conflict as it stands - without the usual spins we are accustomed to hearing in the mainstream media. I was deeply saddened to learn about the plight of the Palestinians. I couldn't help but imagine myself and my family having to live through the brutal military occupation that the Palestinians have endeavored for several decades. I wonder how long will they be considered expendable by the international community.

    Why there is this malicious intent of not implementing UN resolution 242 and forever changing the "facts on the ground" ? Why is it too unsettling to compensate the victims for decades worth of suffering or grant them right to return to their homeland from where they were driven out? Since when a "modern day democracy" started meaning "only for one ethnicity"? Why is it not considered the worst form of racism when we plunder resources of indigenous people, deprive them and indulge ourselves?

    As human beings, we need to have one standard of justice for everyone, Palestinian, Jew or anyone else for that matter. I wish the world leaders honestly understand the basic premise that true and long lasting peace can only be achieved when everyone is treated with fairness and justice - Peace is not absence of violence but presence of justice for all.
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  • Consice account of who's been messing all peace initiatives...
    J. Carter is a person who had very close contact with all main parties to the conflict and actually took active role in its resolution. Thus, his accounts are trustworthy and balanced.

    It is a very important book for anyone who wants to understand how the conflict started and who has been messing all the peace initiatives proposed by UN, EU, different intergovernmental commissions and separate states. Besides talking about region-specific nuances, he talks about all main peace negotiations, namely Camp David Accords, Oslo Agreements, Arab peace proposal, Geneva Initiative and International Quartet's Roadmap. After thoroughly analyzing what the basic provisions of those peace initiatives were, he demonstrates that it was Israel who failed in prevailing majority of cases either to accept or implement their provisions.

    The book also includes important graphical illustrations of how Israel's territory has been expanding since 1948. Along with discussing the subsequent events, he provides maps of the region that demonstrate where Israel was putting new settlements.

    I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in understanding complexities of this book.
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  • HOW SHOULD A PRESIDENT THINK
    I have no particular opinion on the situation in the Middle East. I read this book several times. It is highly disturbing to me: Not because of any favoritism toward any group in the region, but because he states and evidently believes whole-heartedly that human actions can impact natural law.

    The notion that any action of any sort by any president can be based at all on the notion that the economy of the universe is going to be altered is frightening. Having Alexander I Czar of Russia with all sorts of mystical notions does not endanger the survival of mankind. Having a president of the US with such a notion and the control of the H-Bomb does....more info
  • A brilliant mind offers a solution
    What an incredible man. His vision needs to be looked at with great circumspection. He isnt prejudiced against any country. He offers
    a solution,with compassion and heart,but also with practicality.
    Excellent book....more info
  • Trying to redeem his failed presidency
    Having been tossed out of office in a landslide defeat to Ronald Reagan, Mr. Carter continues to try to redeem his failed presidency by conducting his own foreign policy, independent of that of the current Administration. This is of course irresponsible and narcissistic, like Mr. Carter himself. Mr. Carter has deliberately chosen a title which gives away his obvious bias. As he very well knows, apartheird is a very charged word, which immediately calls to mind South African policy. By invoking South Africa, Mr. Carter, despite his denials, is climbing on the wagon of those who seek to dellegitimize Israel. Mr. Carter's explanations, that he was referring to ttheeh Occupied Territories and that the discrimination there is not based on race is unconvincing. That is precisely whty the term apartheird is NOT appropriate and should not have been used. The Palestinian residents of the Occupied Territories are NOT and never were Israeli citizens. Nor do they have any interest in becoming Israeli citizens. They are living in territorires administered by the Israeli Army as a result of the SIx Day War. No country treats residents of occupied territories in the same way as their citizens. We did not do so when we occupied Germany or Japan and there is no obligation to do so either ethically or legally.
    This is all to subtle for Mr. Carter since it would undermine his jihad against Israel. The only thing to be gained from this book is learning how unbalanced Mr. Carter in his views and how he long ago ceased to be anything like an honest broker in the Middle. East. I did learn one thing - to regret that I twice voted for Mr. Carter, a huge mistake which hopefully I have learned from. ...more info
  • Enlightening
    You would think the Jewish people who excaped from the Nazis and found their way to Isreal would have learned how not to treat other human beings. In reading President Carters book, it would seem Isreal learned well how to persecute other human beings instead. How easy it is to justify our own sins. How quickly we forget....more info
  • lies
    Here's a classical example of how pure antisemitic views turn to history rewriting. Pure anti Israeli and anti Jewish propaganda. Too bad people believe these lies (if they really want to). Carter does not justifies his claims, nor does he give a realistic perspective of the Palestinian problem. Read Mike Evans, Joan Peters for a historical approach to the problem....more info
  • the real thing
    its just to tell you the real thing about how hard to have peace when the Israeli act this way...more info
  • Worst president ever is also an anti-semite, shocking.
    Pray for everyone Jimmy, at least that does no harm, build a house if you want, but shut the f--k up on things you didn't understand when you lucked into the white house and don't now that you're the same loser just more addled. To compare a people fighting for their lives vs. terrorists to Apartheid is gross, dishonest, and must come from idiocy or anti-semitism or both. Take your pick Jimmy, fun choice.

    Now Billy was a man I could talk to....more info
  • Carter means well - but misses the whole point of peace
    Former President Carter understands that the Palestinian Arabs are suffering. However, the majority of the suffering stems from the Arab countries who have kept the Palestinians locked in camps for 40 years and kept out of the Arab cities (and countries) so that they could be used as a political football. He glosses over the Jew hatred by the Palestinians and Arab leadership and tries to lay the blame for the Mideast peace failuires at the feet of the Israelis. While the Israelis made peace with Egypt decades ago, the Egyptian press, government and people have continued to hate Jews and accuse this tiny minority of everything from controlling the world economy to trying to conquer the entire Arab world.
    Israel withdrew from Lebanon and was thanked with Hizbollah bombs; Israel withdrew from Gaza and was thanked with Hamas bombs. President Carter cannot get beyond his own prejudices to fairly deal with this subject. The book is either extremely naive or misplaced propoganda....more info
  • Lopsided struggle in the world's anger cauldron
    Tireless peacemaker Jimmy Carter promised while running for president before 1976 to work for peace in the Middle East, and long after his presidency ended he has been consistently keeping his promise. By reaching out, by meeting with top leaders and players to this recurring Middle Eastern drama, by speaking with common people including Palestinians, by his steadfast and unwavering diplomatic efforts, and by writing this tough, fair, open-minded and heart wrenching book, he has demonstrated repeatedly his commitment to peace. He is a peacemaker extraordinaire.

    That three continents join in a dangerous intersection practically guarantees conflict. Palestine is caught between two cradles of civilization -- the Nile and the Tigris/Euphrates regions -- has seen plenty of bloodshed throughout history, and will probably continue to do so as long as mankind roams the planet. Various groups have fought over this land since time immemorial. And today it is still a war cauldron, an "incubator of terrorism" as the former president writes, in which Israelis hunger for Arab land, and Palestinians hate Israelis. There are no easy solutions. Nevertheless, Jimmy Carter believes large swaths of both peoples hunger for peace, and he advocates a blueprint: (1) Israel's right to exist must be acknowledged within recognized borders (he prefers the 1949-1967 border lines) (2) stop killing of noncombatants (3) Palestinians must live in peace and dignity in their own land. Jimmy Carter wants peace through international law, free speech, self-determination, equal treatment, freedom from military domination.

    Jimmy Carter outlines the history of the conflict, even back to biblical times, but focuses on the last half century. He recounts meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials, as well as with important players throughout the region.

    His account is a strong indictment of US foreign policy which has been inconsistent, sometimes hypocritical, ineffective, and has aroused strong anger throughout the Arab region while achieving little benefit. He criticizes "...Washington's strange policy that dialog on controversial issues is a privilege to be extended only as a reward for subservient behavior and withheld from those who reject US demands". The Bush II administration practically abandoned a peace effort which Jimmy Carter clearly views as a mistake. He outlines the dispute in terms of numbers, major agreements, setbacks, and important events. Israel has two main factions -- a hardline, militant, expansionist group (Likud party), and a peace-loving, treaty-abiding, more affluent group (Labor party).

    But the undeniable picture that emerges is a pattern of consistent bullying by Israelis. It's a lopsided struggle. Palestinians have few rights, are denied permits to travel and work, are treated collectively as terrorists, have scant access to Israeli lawyers or courts. Their homes are bulldozed, confiscated. Their fruit trucks are blocked at entry points for days until the cargo perishes. Their olive trees are cut down in droves, their water diverted, their schools & universities closed, their grounds covered in untreated sewage, their library books are censored. And the pattern is increased expansion of Israeli settlements and a consistent policy of harassment of Palestinians who are treated as foreigners in their own land.

    A case could be made that Gaza, a small strip of Palestinian land on the Mediterranean, is the world's largest prison, as reporter Bob Simon said recently. Per capita income in Gaza has declined 40% during the past three years; 70% live in poverty; workers are prevented from going to outside jobs; police and teachers are deprived of salaries. Gaza is extremely crowded with over 3,700 people per square kilometer. The most recent Israeli hostility has been to build a huge, meandering wall in the West Bank which cuts off many Palestinians from each other; the Palestinian town of Bethlehem is practically encircled. A UN court in July 2004 determined the wall was "illegal" but it is still being built under the pretext of keeping out suicide bombers. What will happen? "It is obvious that the Palestinians will be left with no territory to establish a viable state, but completely enclosed within the barrier and the occupied Jordan valley", he writes. It also cuts off 200,000 Palestinians in Jerusalem from their relatives. His word is apt: apartheid.

    Coverage in US media tends to be highly skewed in favor of Israel. Most of the Israeli abuse goes under the radar, while the occasional Arab suicide bomber makes headlines. For example, in July 2006, Hamas militants captured an Israeli soldier, and the massive bombardment and re-invasion by Israel's military was a lopsided response to this aggression. So most Americans who aren't paying attention may easily conclude that the fighting in the Middle East is balanced, shrug their shoulders, and return to a state of cluelessness. He writes "...most American citizens are unaware of circumstances in the occupied territories". And America, indirectly, supports much of this atrocity by siding with Israel in international bodies such as the United Nations as well as providing aid.

    As an American, I see Jimmy Carter's book as confirmation that American democracy is broken, dysfunctional, distorted. That American foreign policy has been so unthinking over such a long time suggests that the flaw isn't with one or two errant administrations, but that the foreign policy architecture itself is flawed. I think the flaws are deep, systemic, structural. Americans are not really citizens anymore; clearly, in this instance, Americans are not paying attention. The only political participation is voting for president (see Dana D. Nelson's excellent "Bad for Democracy"). Congress is corrupt; over 90% of incumbents win re-election. And the federal system has broken down, since Washington has usurped the power of individual state governments to regulate their respective economies. The only solution, in my view, is to craft an alternative Constitution. So I have summoned over 100 of America's brightest and most knowledgeable thinkers as well as persons with the power, celebrity, and media savvy to cause change, to Independence Hall in Philadelphia beginning July 4, 2009, to craft an alternative Constitution, based on the current one, to fix flaws including the foreign policy function, and for this document to be voted on by the public at a later date.

    Jimmy Carter has shown time and again that he is one of the most enlightened, caring, and intelligent Americans, and I am inviting him to be a delegate to this Convention, and I hope he decides to attend. Last, I offer a solution to the problem of terrorism in my book (below) and challenge every thinker to debate the merits of my proposed, non-partisan strategy.

    Thomas W. Sulcer
    author of "Common Sense II: How to Prevent the Three Types of Terrorism" (Amazon)
    ...more info
  • An HONEST reflection of reality
    In this book, Carter succeeded in transparently describing the middle-east crisis through his personal experience, while avoiding hypocrisy and bias. Thus, the text presents an objective and highly ordered presentation of a very misinterpreted reality......more info
  • carters anti-Semitic tirade is way off base! fiction.
    This anti-Semitic tirade is more proof that not only is carter is a moron and a hypocrite, he is outside the relm of the real world. While he idolizes terrorists like arafat, pol pot, castro, kadaffi, mao, kim il song, kim jong il, the ayatollah who destroyed iran and then began attacking the world he does not support Israel's tiny little democracy a state by the way that treats arabs better than they are treated in muslim countries..


    Heres some of the truth about gaza!After the 1948 Arab invasion of Israel failed, Egypt refused to allow a Palestinian state orr self-determination in Gaza. Egypt used Gaza as a base for fedayeen raids on Israel, while ruling with an iron fist, preventing Palestinians from entering egypt. Egypt's main goal was to use its population as cannon fodder against Israel.
    Israel's conquest of the Sinai in the 1967 Six-Day War forced a change in tactics but not the goal. When Egypt took back the Sinai in 1982, it REFUSED TO TAKE BACK GAZA (as Israel requested). As with every issue during the Camp David negotiations Carter sided with Egypt.
    Throughout the 1980's and 1990's Egypt allowed smuggling of weapons into Gaza, while continuing to clamp down on individual Palestinians. Its overriding goal remained to use Gaza as a means to delegitimize Israel, while talking publicly of "humanitarian"needs.
    The smashing of the border wall with Egypt may finally force Egypt to take some responsibility for its policies. The smashing of the border wall with Egypt may finally force Egypt to take some responsibility for its policies. Surely Gaza can get its supplys from Egypt? Why should Israel have the responsibility of providing ALL services (which it still does) to a territory ruled by a group sworn to Israel's destruction, and from which it is attacked several times daily? (1 killed in Dimona) Egypt would be given leeway in dealing with Hamas that the Arab world will not allow to Israel.
    Unfortunately there is little likelihood that Egypt will change and take forward-looking policies. Had Egypt welcomed and absorbed Arab refugees as Israel did with all the Jewish refugees from Arab countries, the situation in Gaza and elsewhere could have been far better....more info
  • A brilliant mind offers a solution
    What an incredible man. His vision needs to be looked at with great circumspection. He isnt prejudiced against any country. He offers
    a solution,with compassion and heart,but also with practicality.
    Excellent book....more info
  • Carter Airs his Amoral, Ahistorical Views
    Nothing can say more about this book than the company it keeps. Look at the books bought by people who bought this book and you see the strain of anti-Semitism throughout. Carter spreads the claptrap that the US is at fault for Palestinians strapping bombs on their children and the mentally infirm due to our support of Israel. He fails to make a connection between cause and effect -- ex: Israel building a fence causes suicide bombers, when it is clearly the bombers that created a requirement for the fence -- in an Orwellian explanation of past events that strip them of their true context to fit his world view. Don't waste your money on this book or the ones bought by its adherents....more info
  • A great read!
    After reading this great book, by a great man, you will see the Israel that has evaded scrutiny since its creation. It should be subtitled "Israel Exposed!" Highly recommended! Free Palestine!...more info
  • lies
    Here's a classical example of how pure antisemitic views turn to history rewriting. Pure anti Israeli and anti Jewish propaganda. Too bad people believe these lies (if they really want to). Carter does not justifies his claims, nor does he give a realistic perspective of the Palestinian problem. Read Mike Evans, Joan Peters for a historical approach to the problem....more info
  • this hayseed should stick to farming
    after a botched presidency one would hope this meat head would put a lid on it. since when is he such a skilled statesman and revered thinker that we need him to weigh in on a situation of this magnitude? he should stick to peanuts; adding further fuel to an already explosive controversy about which every opinion has already been expressed is useless. ...more info
  • A Lousy Book By a Lousy President
    This book is absolute drivel. First, the writing is terrible. I assume Carter did not actually write the book himself, but he could have at least found a better writer to ghost write it for him. Second, in his zeal to defend the Palestinians and attack the Israelis, our former president seems to have dispensed with careful fact-checking. Where the facts support his conclusion, he states the facts. Where the facts do not support his conclusion, he either ignores the facts, changes the facts, or invents new facts. This is inexcusable. Finally, the book is so one-sided that it fails to contribute anything meaningful to the debate about a complex situation. Instead, it comes off as ranting. President Carter will go down in history as among our least effective presidents. His book is just about as good as his presidency....more info